News : GateWay Celebrates Self Defense and Well-Being on World Taiji Day

Apr 23, 2015

Originally published on Seacoast Online.

By Mike Bizier

PORTSMOUTH- The martial art of taiji (pronounced tai-chee) and qigong (pronounced chee-kung) have been practiced for centuries. In Chinese, the word qigong literally translates to “energy work,” a concept that is essential in Taiji. Unlike the hard forms of martial arts, like karate, taiji focuses on using the body’s energy, or qi, to support physical activity. Since 1999, Taiji and Qigong have been celebrated on a global scale as World Taiji Day.

In Portsmouth, GateWay Taiji, Qigong and Yoga will host its own World Taiji Day event on Saturday, April 25 from 8:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m. featuring a range of special classes for attendees as well as student demonstrations.

“The basic concept of World Taiji Day is to try and get as many people involved with this as possible,” says Bill Buckley, GateWay’s owner. “It’s kind of like a meditative sit-in. Schools across the country and the world get together and practice on this particular day.”

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